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GM Social Prescribing Map

18 Apr 2018 - 10:03 by helen.walker

Salford CVS is working with the University of Salford to map social prescribing provision across Greater Manchester. This is an important piece of work as it will help to determine the extent of social prescribing provision as we move forward across GM to develop social prescribing models as part of our Person and Community-Centred Approaches programme. The aim is to create a 'map' of social prescribing for the whole of GM so that we can understand the great work that's already happening, lift out the beacons of good practice and help share information and ideas across GM.

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New Ambition for Ageing report - Asset-based Approaches and Inequalities

6 Mar 2018 - 10:55 by helen.walker

Ambition for Ageing have released a briefing entitled Asset-based Approaches and Inequalities, looking at the risks of exacerbating inequalities that we know asset-based approaches can result in. The document highlights the need for recognition of the barriers faced by marginalised groups as a key part of asset-based work in order to avoid contributing to existing inequalities. A number of solutions to the issue are raised within the briefing, in addition to collecting some key findings from the Ambition for Ageing programme so far. 

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A radical transformation of community services is needed - New research from The King's Fund

5 Feb 2018 - 11:50 by helen.walker

Growing financial and workforce pressures are having an impact on the ability of community service providers to meet the needs of the population and to make a reality of the vision set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View. Community services are often fragmented and poorly co-ordinated, and are frequently not well integrated with other services in the community. This results in duplication as well as gaps between teams delivering care.

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End Child Poverty Coalition - More than half of children now living in poverty in some parts of the UK

29 Jan 2018 - 12:33 by helen.walker

The End Child Poverty coalition has published figures providing a new child poverty map of the UK. The new figures reveal that there are now constituencies within the UK where more than half of children are growing up in poverty – compared to one in ten, in the areas with the lowest child poverty rates.

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People Power – report from the Commission on the Future of Localism

29 Jan 2018 - 12:21 by helen.walker

Locality is the national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive. They established the Commission on the Future of Localism in 2017, in partnership with Power to Change, and chaired by Lord Kerslake to consider how to reinvigorate localism and unlock the power of community. The ambition behind the Localism Act is in danger of waning, and the fundamental shift in power from Westminster to communities has not yet been achieved.

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Where arts and crafts help with mental health issues

13 Dec 2017 - 09:58 by helen.walker

How a grant from Manchester’s health and care commissioners is providing accredited arts and crafts courses to support people in central and south Manchester that have serious and enduring mental health problems

To many people, being able to express yourself artistically is an important part of health and wellbeing. Now one Manchester project has received funding to provide accredited arts and crafts courses for people with long-term mental health issues.

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JRF UK Poverty 2017 report shows sharp increase in child and pensioner poverty

4 Dec 2017 - 09:59 by helen.walker

UK Poverty 2017, a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, has found that almost 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners are now living in poverty than in 2012/13. Since that year, there have been continued increases in poverty, across both age groups. Very little progress has been made in reducing poverty among working-age adults.

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